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RACING ACROSS THE GLOBE

The 2013 Formula 1 Season at a Glance

Displaying thrilling speeds up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), it’s no wonder Formula 1 racing is one of the most popular sports across the globe. As fans gear up for the upcoming 2013 season kickoff on 15 March in Australia, we take a look at the races that are about to hit the circuits.


FORMULA 1 IN 2013: BY THE NUMBERS

11 Teams

22 Drivers

59 Days in the season

20 Race Circuits spanning countries including Australia, Singapore, Brazil, and the United States


WATCH OUT FOR THESE GUYS

This year’s team to beat is Red Bull, whose top driver Sebastian Vettel was crowned 2012 champion with 5 race victories and a total of 281 points. Here are the top 3 teams and drivers who will be tearing up some rubber in the upcoming season.

Red Bull Racing
First Grand Prix: 2005
Seasons: 7
Races: 127
Wins: 27
Championships: 2

Drivers:
1. Sebastian Vettel (2012 Champion) from Germany
2. Mark Webber from Australia

Scuderia Ferrari
First Grand Prix: 1950
Seasons: 62
Races: 832
Wins: 216
Championships: 16

Drivers:
3. Fernando Alonso from Spain
4. Felipe Massa from Brazil

McLaren
First Grand Prix: 1966
Seasons: 46
Races: 704
Wins: 175
Championships: 8

Drivers:
5. Jenson Button from Great Britain
6. Sergio Perez from Mexico

Retired German F1 driver Michael Schumacher boasts an impressive record of 77 fastest laps between the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix and the 2012 German Grand Prix for Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.

TOUGH RACE. There is no doubt racing takes a lot of guts, but the one circuit that rattles the drivers’ nerves each year is the Monaco Grand Prix — known as the hardest and slowest race due to its barrier-lined circuit and hairpin turns that leave no room for mistakes. (DESIGN NOTE: include a graphic of the circuit?)

Monaco’s Numbers
Number of Laps: 78
Length of Circuit : 3.340 km
Total Distance : 260.520 km
2012 Winner : Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing-Renault) with a time of 1:46:06.557
2012 Fastest Lap: Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari) with a time of 1'17''296

RAISE THAT FLAG. The checkered flag always means the end of the race, even if the Clerk of the Course waves it too early. If the flag is signaled too late, only cars that have covered 90% of the circuit will be classified.


THE EVOLVING FORMULA ONE RACER

While the overall “formula” of racing has remained mostly the same since the official introduction of the Formula One World Championship in 1950, the single-seat cars have gone through some engine and design overhauls.

During a typical season, a Formula 1 team will consume more than 200,000 litres of fuel for testing and racing.

1950s
• Tubular chassis design
• Engine built in front
• Supercharged engine

Late 1960s
• In 1968, enormous wings on the backs of the cars created downforce, but the massive wings were banned after a couple serious accidents occurred.
• McLaren, Lotus, and Matra introduced four-wheel drive in 1969, but it was soon banned.

1970s-1980s
• In 1978, cars began sporting huge fans to suck the cars to the track like a vacuum, yet they were soon banned.
(Photo: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/formula-one-cars-through-the-years/1/5764.html#photo3)
• The turbo engine secured its first win by Brazilian racer Nelson Piquet in 1983 for Brabham-BMW, but turbos were banned after 1988.

Today
• Adapted narrow-waist design.
• 2.4 litre V8 engines.
• Ability to reach 60 mph in 2.1 to 2.7 seconds.

When it comes to Formula 1, precision and evolving technology have helped keep this sport one of the world’s favorite to watch.


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